Dani (kayla_la) wrote in artists_beware,
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I just keep having bad luck..

So.. after two previous bad dealings with various people who came to me wanting to commission me (I'd even started on one already, and it was a huge project, so it was especially frustrating when that commissioner just dropped off the face of the internet-earth), I stopped bothering for a little while.. then I saw a post in the Furcadian forums from a girl named Xanon saying she'd just come into some money and would like some art commissioned of her almost neko feline girl..

So.. I debate for a little while, then decide to take my chances and email her asking her if she'd be interested in commissioning me, and give her the link to my Deviantart account. It doesn't take her too long to reply saying she'd love some art by me, more or less, and we begin discussing details.. her character, other ways of contact, etc.. And then, we got to, dun dun DUN, payment options..

She stated she doesn't have CC, I think, and I emailed her back asking if she was capable of sending money orders, instead (I don't have CC either, anyway), and that's the last email I ever get. I email her like a good three times asking what's up, as I figured maybe she was just having some sort of technical problem, and I never got a reply. After an even longer period of time, I finally PM her on the forums and ask her if she's having trouble, and she never replies to that, either.. suspicious, right? She was constantly replying to various topics on the forums in the meantime, so I knew she couldn't have been dead or even have computer issues keeping her from replying.

Anyway, I get fed up.. and she makes another topic on the forums, asking for art again.. This time, however, she states her preferred method of payment is Paypal, and I make a somewhat bitter post (sorry, the post isn't in the forums anymore since they only go back so far, so I can't show it to anyone) stating "Is that why you stopped replying to me?" or something to that effect, and she then proceeds to claim she never got any emails from me, and that she "didn't notice" the forums PM. I didn't really believe her, but she agrees to get in contact with me over AIM, her screenname being Kozinu (which is publically stated on her Furcadian forums profile, so I don't feel the need to hide it here), and we talk about poses and she goes on about how she doesn't know what she wants..

Eventually, I pull up some random ideas and she agrees to her character basically laying all seductively (I don't draw yiff. Pinup style art and nipples are about as far as I'll go) on a comfy looking chaise, and I get to work.. frankly, it wasn't turning out well, and I showed her the end result sketch after a week or so (I'm not good with time) of working hard to get it to look better than it did, and failing. She basically says she likes it but would like me to change the way her legs are positioned, so I try that.. and find I just plain can't do it. I don't like the way the piece looked at all, and like most artists, I'm not willing to have someone pay for a piece that I myself don't think is up to my usual quality.

So, fast forward a bit.. I work on a different, much better piece, but I stop not too far in, with the intention of showing her so she can tell me what she wants to do with it and if she approves. For quite a while, I fail to be able to get a hold of her over AIM.. she's always away and refuses to answer, OR it says she's on a mobile device, and I can't get any messages through (it always tells me it failed to go through). So instead of just waiting forever for her to show up on AIM, I email her the sketch and wait.. I never get any return emails saying the email failed to go through, but I never get any sort of confirmation she got it, either, and the entire time I can't get her to reply on AIM and she's posting all over the forums still, so I know she's around..

Finally, backpedal to just a couple days ago. She's finally just set to away on AIM but isn't idle, and she used to tell me to IM her anyway if she was that way because she'll reply, and just does that to avoid being spammed. I take the opportunity and IM her, waiting for a response patiently, and around 11:30 PM, I believe, she signs off. Yeah, okay..

So I'm reading the forums today and I glance at her website, and what do I find? This. Warning, mild nudity. So she uploaded the old sketch that I hated without my permission. There went the last of my patience.

Emails get ignored, I can't get her on AIM, and she "doesn't notice" Furc PMs. I've got a half-done sketch that I rather like and a stolen one that I hate on her website, and I'm at the end of my rope. The only real thing I can do is be a bitch and call her out publically in the forums like I did to get her attention the first time, but I really, really dislike the idea of doing such. I've considered finishing the sketch and trying to sell it as a pre-made sketch, but I wouldn't expect anyone to buy it, and I'm tired of wasting my time on people who refuse to take me seriously. What's amazing, though, is that she apparently commissions people all the time, and I've never heard a word about her being a ripoff.

Any suggestions? Should I just get over it and forget about it?

PS. Sorry some things in the post were vague. I didn't think to save links on the forums or timestamps or anything of that sort. I wasn't expecting it to have to come to this, I figured I was due to have some good luck for a change. :(
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